Inkling Re-invents the Textbook on the iPad

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Inkling iPad textbooks app

Inkling is a new iPad app that sets out to provide ‘a new platform for interactive textbooks’. It looks terrific in its video demo – good enough to make you want to get back in school!

Inkling is a platform for interactive textbooks, built from the ground up for iPad. It turns paper-based textbooks books into engaging, interactive learning experiences while staying compatible with the print book for classroom use.

Inkling iPad textbook app

Here’s more detail on its features, via its App Store page:

Inkling is a completely new way to learn. It includes:

* The flexibility to purchase by the chapter or by the book
* Shared Notes that make it easy to collaborate with friends in realtime
* Integrated interactive media in every textbook title, such as movies, 3-D objects, and guided tours
* A simple and powerful user interface that makes it easy to study
* Interactive quizzes that help you immediately gauge your level of understanding
* An intuitive search engine that predicts your search as you type

And while it’s entirely new, it also keeps the things you love about the print book:

* All the content of the print edition, and a lot more
* Page numbers you can jump to directly
* Digital media you’d otherwise get online with a "code," integrated directly

The app itself is free and includes some nice demo content – in the form of an Inkling edition of ‘The Elements of Style’ by William Strunk, Jr.

I can definitely see this one being a hit in colleges, especially as the app’s publishers expand the range of content available for it. 

If you want to be impressed, take a look at the promo video for Inkling here:

You can find Inkling in the App Store now, and it is a free app with textbook chapters available for in-app purchase.

Patrick Jordan

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2 thoughts on “Inkling Re-invents the Textbook on the iPad”

  1. Horrendously expensive text book prices. If the print prices are worse than this, it's amazing anyone can afford to go to college anymore. They were bad enough when I went to college 30 years ago. Today's prices are absolutely obscene.

    1. They do seem quite steep to me too – though I don't keep up with what print costs are like at all for textbooks.

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